Episode 102: What’s in the BOX?! – Dybbuk Boxes and Conjure Chests

Can objects be cursed? Haunted? Possessed? Can they kill people just by being nearby?

Join us this week as we dive into two urban legends that begin in two very unlikely places. First, we’ll go back to a time when Jennifer Love Hewitt was America’s sweetheart and the biggest national debate we had going was over Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC, it was a kinder, gentler era. It was the internet infancy moment that allowed a spooky eBay listing to make the news, and spawned the legend of the Dybbuk Box. Then we will travel to mid century Kentucky, and speak to Mama about the history of some of the family antiques and gives a terribly verifiable list of people the curse has killed. This legend starts with a letter sent with a chest of drawers she ships to her daughter. We’ll finish up curse month with an announcement of our magical mystery winner. Happy Halloween!

*Just a heads up, we’re going to discuss sexual abuse in this episode, near the end. After the Conjure Chest (about the last 15 min) is all you’ll need to skip if you’d like to avoid that discussion*

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The Dybbuk Box – Official

The Haunted Dybbuk Box – Skeptic

Why The Possession cast was terrified of the real “dybbuk box” behind the film – iO9

Dybbuk or Demon: Knowing Your Jewish Ghosts and Ghouls – Tor

The Dybbuk in Jewish Folklore – ThoughtCo

Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions

Dibbuk Haunted Jewish Wine Cabinet Box – eBay Listing

A jinx in a box? – LA Times

Paranormal Encounters: A Look at the Evidence By Jeff Belanger

A Box Full of Bad Luck – Forward

The Conscience and Curse Ridden Return of Stolen Petrified Forest Rocks – iO9

Slide Show: Rocks, Paper, Sinners – The New Yorker

The Curse of the Petrified Forest – Legends of America

Petrified Forest – NPS

Hawaii’s ‘Cursed’ Lava Rocks Are Driving National Park Staff Insane – VICE

The Mysterious Reason Tourists Keep Mailing Rocks Back To Hawaii – HuffPost

Is The Lava Rock Curse Real?

Haunted Heritage: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories By Michael Norman, Beth Scott – The Conjure Chest

Chest of Drawers – Kentucky Historical Society

Jennifer Lawrence offends with story about ‘butt-scratching’ on sacred rocks – The Guardian

Fire Goddess – Maui Magazine

Ancient Lemba

The Life and Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Volume 12 By Alfred Tennyson Baron Tennyson

Memoir of Rt. Rev. James Hervey Otey, D.D., LL.D., The First Bishop of Tennessee

Indiana Magazine of History – Some Memoirs of the Polke, Piety, McCoy, McQuaid, and Mathes Families by James Polke

More Polk DNA test results – Charles Polk the Indian Trader

Charles Polke 1703-1753 Indian Trader

The Revolution Remembered: Eyewitness Accounts of the War for Independence by John C. Daan

The History of Mecklenburg County: From 1740 to 1900 by John Brevard Alexander

The Pollock DNA Project

Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves – Work Projects Administration – Library of Congress

Genealogical Notes on Ezekiel Polk

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaign by Joseph Cummins

James K. Polk, Volume II by Charles Grier Sellers

Hex Breaking Cursed Objects – This Crooked Crown

The Best Way to Remove a Curse From an Object – Learning Witchcraft

Connected Lines – American Empire Style

Kentucky Historical Society – Object Record 1980.20.1 – Conjure Chest

Melvina R. Ryan Polk – Find A Grave

Flapdoodle, Trust & Obey: Sequel to “O Ye Jigs & Juleps!” by Virginia Cary Hudson – 1966

Virginia Cary Hudson: Her Life and Writings by Beverly Mayne Kienzle

The Breckenridge News

Sympathetic Magic in the Kentucky Mountains: Some Curious Folk-Survivals – The Journal of American Folklore by Josiah Henry Combs

James Frazer: Magic, Religion and Science

Memoirs of a Southern Woman: Within the Lines by Mary Branch Polk

A Concise History of American Furniture by Stanley & Eric Saperstein

Copper Neck Tags Evoke the Experience of American Slaves Hired Out as Part-Time Laborers – Smithsonian Magazine

Slavery and Southern Furniture

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